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Dafen Oil Painting Village

Buji Neighborhood Committee, Longang District, Shenzhen 518112, China
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Ranked #15 of 347 Attractions in Shenzhen
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village is almost entirely dedicated to painting. Get a self-portrait done or... more » Owner description: One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village is almost entirely dedicated to painting. Get a self-portrait done or request a freshly-painted Van Gogh or Rembrandt. « less
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

In the town in which I live Pizza Hut has recently opened a branch next door to Dominos. Both are take-aways. What on earth persuaded them that it was a good idea to have two outlets, selling essentially the same product, adjacent to each other? Only people ordering food by phone for delivery wouldn't know of the next-door outlet. And... More

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Shenzhen, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Arrive at blue line's Dafen subway station and follow the street along Walmart. Turn left and you're in one of the most interesting bits of Shenzhen to explore. Be sure to walk around and watch the artists at work.

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Good to wander around, a bit run down in parts; museum not open (anymore?) Food places may be a bit hard to locate; there are signs from the subway (Dafen station) about two blocks away but one has to take care in remembering how to get there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

Quite easy to find , exit the metro station at exit A then take the exit down the stairs to the right. Continue past Walmart (another experience!!) and there's a signpost just beyond pointing to the area. Full of art shops selling supplies , easels, paint, and of course Art . We bought a couple of pieces for home and... More

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Shenzhen, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

it's fun wandering around the village where you can find copies of many styles and artists. they also have a good selection of modern and traditional painting supplies, if you're looking for that sort of thing.

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Wandering around watching very talented artists create art just on the street is a great way to spend some free time. Many complain they are only copying, but sorry cynics, it still takes real skills to even duplicate a work. This was a great time and I would happily go again. There is also a museum here too, as well... More

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I have visited this place many times over the last seven years and it has changed from being a village to now being on the metro and easy to access as part of Shenzhen city. It no longer has quite the same atmosphere. Having said that, visitors seem to enjoy visiting Dafen and usually come away having bought a painting... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The village is a collection of hundreds of shops selling oil paintings and some sculptures. The paintings are usually done in factory like settings that people are not likely to visit. Sometimes a person is sitting in the shop acting as if an actual painting was in process, but this is usually just a come on. The paintings range in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

You cant imagine whole quarter, called village, everywhere you go there is a gallery, or paintings shop and full of art. Fantastic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I first visited Dafen about 5 years ago and it was hard to get to from Lu Wu Commercial centre, it has nowhere to eat once we arrived and no English speakers at all. This trip, about my fourth over the years, I took three friends who had never been and it has come a long long way without loosing... More

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